DOHA: Iran and Wales did not qualify for the knockout stage following their defeats towards the United States of America and England respectively, whereas the latter two sides booked their Round of 16 berths within the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022.
England, needing only one level to qualify for the Round of 16, bagged three following an emphatic 3-Zero victory over neighbours Wales and topped the Group B standings with seven factors.
Following one other dominant triumph within the first spherical, Gareth Southgate’s aspect topped the Group B standings in the back of Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden.
Defiant Wales did nicely within the first half to maintain the English assault silent and managed to maintain the scoresheet clean.
England, nevertheless, regrouped after the break and intensified their domination over Wales and it quickly rewarded simply 5 minutes into the second half when Rashford broke the impasse and opened the scoring for England.
Foden then doubled England’s lead simply seconds later to place his aspect fully answerable for the one-side affair and took the sport away from Wales’ grasp.
Rashford then struck once more to pile on the distress of Wales, whose world cup’s return after 1958 resulted in dismay.
One of the event’s favourites England will subsequent face Group A runners-up Senegal within the Round of 16 on Monday.
Meanwhile, within the final group B fixture, two bitter rivals Iran and the USA placed on an exhilarating contest however Christian Pulisic’s first-half purpose turned out to be sufficient for the latter to drag off a significant victory.
The USA have been throughout Iran for the reason that begin of the match and eventually acquired the lead when Sergino Dest headed the ball to their star of the day Pulisic, who then made no mistake to ship the ball previous the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.
The victory powered the USA to complete second in Group B with 5 factors behind chief England with seven, whereas Iran completed third with three factors.
The USA have a serious job forward of them within the Round of 16 as they are going to tackle Group A winners Netherlands on Saturday.
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